To be a gift the item must fall into one of the following categories:
- The gift is something that the business makes or sells. This can include food, alcohol, fuel or tobacco.
- The gift contains an advertisement for the business. This cannot be food, drink, fuel or tobacco. The gift must not exceed an annual amount of £50 per recipient (if it does you will have to pay the VAT to HMRC).
If the gift doesnt meet these criteria then it should be recorded as business entertaining, and is not tax-deductible. You also wouldnt be able to reclaim any input VAT you paid on the cost of buying this non-tax-deductible gift. There might also be VAT to pay on the gifts!